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Canelo vs Golovkin II: Las Vegas favored to host rematch

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Madison Square Garden is also in the running.

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T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas hosted the first fight between the two, and is favored by co-promoter Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions to host the May 5 rematch between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin.

De La Hoya tells ESPN that New York’s Madison Square Garden is also making a play:

“The Garden is being very, very aggressive. But I have to admit, I obviously have to consider and give my partners at the MGM the first shot. An event like this shouldn’t take place any place other than Las Vegas because of the hotels, the closed circuit, and the entertainment the city has to offer. There are a lot of factors that come into play, but we will really get into it next week.”

De La Hoya added that Vegas is “the perfect site” for the fight, which leads one to believe that, as expected, it will host the fight. The simple fact of the matter — beyond hotels, closed circuit, and entertainment — is that Vegas offers the most money for big fights like this, which is why the city hosts almost every truly major event in U.S. boxing.